welcomeIt is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Meditation is at the heart of all programs offered at the Shambhala Center. Slow down, take a breath, and develop more appreciation for yourself and the world.

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What to Expect at the Shambhala Center

The Shambhala Center welcomes you to a range of programs and events, including:

  • Contemplative weekend/evening classes and meditation retreats
  • Individual instruction in meditation by trained and authorized meditation instructors
  • Local Community Enrichment events
  • Open Sitting meditation session on Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
  • Café Shambhala every Saturday, 10 AM – Noon
  • Many opportunities to volunteer your energy and inspiration

Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery

The Shambhala Center of Lexington is delighted to provide a home for the contemplative arts. This includes visual arts, music, poetry and movement.

Andrew Wilder’s concert on YouTube


Our Gallery venue

Article in the Chevy Chaser about our new beginnings, and one on Tips for Mindfulness

Featured Programs

Council Meeting

January 20th—June 15th

All are welcome to attend our regular Council meetings. Continue »

Qigong Basics with Jim Concotelli

February 6th—March 12th

This series of classes will provide an overview of the principles of qigong, movements and meditations designed to enhance overall well-being. Continue »

Dön Season Practice (Mamo Chants)

February 13th—February 22nd

We will recite a chant called “Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos” together in order to purify the karmic causes of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at year’s end. Continue »

Shambhala Day Celebration: Part 1 (Monday the 24th)

February 24th

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year, the Year of the Iron Mouse Continue »

Shambhala Day Celebration: Part 2 (Saturday the 29th)

February 29th

Today's celebration will be a practice session, a replay of the live video hookup, and a concert for violin and cello Continue »

Concert: Music for Violin and Cello

February 29th

An evening of music for violin and cello with Ella Chang and Yoonie Choi, with pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and others... Continue »

Qigong Basics with Jim Concotelli

March 2nd—April 6th

This series of classes will provide an overview of the principles of qigong, movements and meditations designed to enhance overall well-being. Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 8th

Milarepa Day is our annual tradition to celebrate the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa, Tibet's greatest yogi. Continue »

Gallery Hop

March 20th

Deepening Compassion: The Skillful Dragon

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

March 22nd—April 5th

This is the last section of the year long compassion course, taught by acharyas, which will explore the teachings on Lojong, Atisha’s famous mind-training slogans. Continue »

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →


Just starting to meditate?

A simple way to begin is to attend our Tuesday night or Saturday morning sitting meditation sessions. On Tuesday night, there is open meditation from 7 – 8:30 pm, and there is always an instructor available to provide initial meditation instruction. More →

Do you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?

Several of our members do, and have formed a practice group. It meets weekly on Tuesday nights. For more information, see our Cincinnati Group page.

Sangha Members – For information and help in dealing with current events in Shambhala, please see our Current Events page.

Looking for a retreat spot nearby? Please see this Ziji Tiny Retreats page for information on a tiny retreat cabin.

Shambhala Global Services

What is Shambhala Global Services? What services do they provide for Shambhala? Please see this Google document for an explanation.

Recent News

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